AC Not Working? Here are some Common AC Problems in Grand Island

January 30, 2015

Although there are potentially hundreds of reasons why your Grand Island home’s central air conditioner may need to be repaired, there are a couple of reasons that are most common. Knowing what they are may create some personal understanding what a technician means when they discuss the options for fixing the problem. Here are the top 5 list of problems that may cause your air conditioning system to break down. Check out the list below and consider whether your home has any of these issues. If so, schedule an HVAC inspection.

  1. Bad wiring

    Incorrect, haphazard or uncertified A/C wiring is unsafe and a possible fire hazard. Bad wiring often prevents the system from getting power or can pop the circuit breaker.

  2. Depleted refrigerant

    Refrigerant (also known as Freon) is the chemical that cools the air inside your air conditioning system. Low refrigerant could suggest a leak or problem with the refrigerant system. If your air conditioning system needs to be recharged with refrigerant, typically that insinuates there is a leak. All refrigerant leaks should be located and repaired. For news about the phase out of R-22 refrigerant in the United States, we encourage you to visit the U.S. EPA website.

  3. Outside fan is not working

    The fan on your air conditioner outside is responsible for transferring the heat from your Grand Island home to the outside air. If the fan on the outside unit doesn’t operate properly, proper heat transfer is not taking place and the air conditioning compressor may overheat and trip the safety overload. The consequence of this action could result in internal damage to the compressor.

  4. Outside unit not functional

    This typically indicates a lack of power, contactor problems or even a bad thermostat.

  5. Frozen inside coil

    A frozen coil typically indicates a problem with the airflow, such as restrictions caused by dirty air filters or obstructed return air ductwork. Frozen indoor coils could also be caused by low refrigerant.

Experts recommend that the number one way for a Grand Island area homeowner to prevent these simple problems is by participating in a preventive maintenance program. Bad wiring, low refrigerant and airflow problems can be discovered during routine maintenance tune-ups. For all these common issues, a professionally qualified, NATE-certified technician can quickly review the problem area and apply the necessary repairs. Call or contact us today for an evaluation!